South Carolina & Clemson Renew Rivalry On The Diamond This Weekend
Feb. 27, 2009
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina (3-0) and Clemson (4-0) renew one of college baseball's greatest rivalries with a home and home series this weekend. Both teams will meet up at Clemson with first pitch on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium set for 2 p.m. The second game of the series will take place on Sunday at Carolina Stadium with the game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The fourth game of the season is the earliest that South Carolina has played Clemson since the 1952 season. Live audio broadcast is available for Saturday's game at GamecocksOnline.com with a live video broadcast also available for Sunday's contest.
Carolina dominated in the four games of the series last year with a sweep of the Tigers. South Carolina earned victories of 10-1, 5-1, 7-1 and 6-0. Carolina has been successful in most recent history with victories in seven of the last eight games played between the two schools as well as a 21-15 edge in games played in the last nine years. Head coach Ray Tanner is 23-20 all-time vs. Clemson.
Game 2 Pitcher 09 Stats
TRADITION HAS A NEW HOME
Carolina Stadium is an 8,242 capacity facility. The facility includes coaches' offices, an indoor hitting/pitching area, a 4,000 square-foot weight room, suite and club seating and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and sound system.
South Carolina's opening weekend at Carolina Stadium didn't disappoint with the inaugural opener attendance at the new complex at 8,153. South Carolina's average attendance for the first weekend was 6,980.
A PAIR OF SHUTOUTS
CAROLINA BY THE NUMBERS
DYSON TO GET THE NOD IN THE OPENER
Dyson is a 2009 Preseason All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball. A third-team choice, Dyson posted an 8-0 record in his freshman season for the Gamecocks including a win in the 2008 NCAA (Raleigh) Regional vs. Charlotte.
Dyson earned Freshman All-America honors last year and moved into the rotation late in the season with two of his top performances coming in May in postseason play. On the first day of the SEC Tournament, Dyson was strong vs. LSU as he limited the hot-hitting Tigers to just two hits in 6.2 scoreless innings of work. Despite a no-decision in the game, Dyson's performance was one of the top pitching performances of the tournament and moved Dyson into the first game of the NCAA Regional vs. Charlotte. Against the 49ers, Dyson also worked a strong 6.2 innings on his way to a victory in the 15-8 win for Carolina.
Dyson finished last year 8-0 with a 4.09 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched. Opponents batted just .238 against him on the year. He is only the third sophomore under head coach Ray Tanner to ever make an Opening Day start. The other sophomores were David Marchbanks in 2002 and Kip Bouknight in 1999.
Opening Day Starters Under Head Coach Ray Tanner 2009 Sam Dyson (So. RHP) 2008 Mike Cisco (Jr. RHP) 2007 Harris Honeycutt (Jr. RHP) 2006 Andrew Cruse (Jr. RHP) 2005 Aaron Rawl (Sr. RHP) 2004 Aaron Rawl (Jr. RHP) 2003 Steven Bondurant (Sr. LHP) 2002 David Marchbanks (So. LHP) 2001 Kip Bouknight (Sr. RHP) 2000 Kip Bouknight (Jr. RHP) 1999 Kip Bouknight (So. RHP) 1998 Brett Jodie (Jr. RHP) 1997 Eddie Hoff (Jr. RHP)
NOLAN MAKES A NAME FOR HIMSELF AS HE GETS WEEKEND ROTATION STARTING SPOT
The Augusta, Ga. native won three high school state championships and recorded a career record of 47-2 with 516 strikeouts in 282 innings. He was 12-1 with a 0.89 ERA as a senior as well as 10-1 on the mound as a junior. Baseball America rated him the No. 46 best prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2008 MLB Draft.
HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER
Last season, Cooper made the 2008 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after hurling a career-high nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings of a 7-5 win over James Madison. Cooper was a 2007 Freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball after posting a 7-2 record in his first year with the Garnet & Black.
A HEALTHY CRISP
One of the more versatile players on the team, Crisp has played in 178 career games and is a career .302 hitter with the Gamecocks. Despite his back problems last year, Crisp played in 51 games with 48 starts and hit .296 (55-for-186) with five doubles, a pair of homers and 25 RBI. Crisp is the most experienced player on the 2009 squad.
Last year, Merrifield was a 2008 SEC All-Freshman team selection and played in 62 of 63 games. Merrifield was among the team's leading hitters in 2008 as he hit .326 (77-for-236) with nine doubles, a triple and three HR. He was also a 2008 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team pick in Raleigh, N.C. He scored 58 runs and led the team in stolen bases with 11. Merrifield played last summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League with teammate DeAngelo Mack.
Mack started the season in left field for the Gamecocks. He had a strong end to the 2008 season and made his way into the starting lineup late in the year. Mack blasted seven homers including a pair at the 2008 NCAA Raleigh Regional that put him also on the All-Tournament team. Mack joined Whit Merrifield on the Cape this summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Mack played in 38 games with 30 starts, hit .283 (30-for-106), tallied five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 21 RBI. He also scored 25 runs and stole a pair of bases.
A native of Prince George, Va., Bradley, Jr. was a 2008 all-state performer in the state of Virginia. Bradley, Jr. looks to maybe sit at top of Ray Tanner's batting order for the 2009 season.
Dalles played two years at St. Petersburg JC (Fla.) and has been drafted three previous times in his career.
Jones played two years at Navarro JC (Texas) before entering the Carolina program.
WINGO GETS THE NOD AT SECOND BASE
FAROTTO NOTCHES A SAVE
THE PALMETTO STATE PRODUCES
South Carolina (21) Austin Ashmore - Greer Jesse Barbaro - Awendaw Blake Cooper - Neeses Jordan Costner - Spartanburg Andrew Crisp - Greer Kyle Enders - Greer Alex Farotto - Greer Justin Hopper - Lexington Curtis Johnson - Sumter DeAngelo Mack - W. Columbia Adam Matthews - Lexington Brandon Miller - Greenwood Steven Neff - Lancaster Matt Price - Sumter Jordan Propst - Gaffney James Rawls - Leesville Michael Roth - Greer Brady Thomas - Anderson Craig Thomas - Lexington Adam Westmoreland - Cayce Scott Wingo - Greenville
GAMECOCKS SCHEDULED TO BE ON TELEVISION NINE TIMES DURING REGULAR SEASON
Here is the complete TV game schedule. Please note the game time changes in bold.
The regional sports networks serving the Southeast - FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Tennessee - collectively reach more than 12 million cable and satellite television households in seven states in the Southeast. SportSouth reaches more than nine million homes in six Southeastern states.